Along with neighboring cities Port Arthur and Orange, Beaumont makes up southeast Texas' Golden Triangle, a moniker that means business. The Texas oil boom was sparked in Beaumont when oil explorer Anthony Francis Lucas' gusher rained black gold on Spindletop Hill in 1901. Of course, the rest is history.
Today, Beaumont's treasures are tapped both inside and outside its city limits. Downtown offers entertainment and cultural venues that feature live music and theater, and a museum district that celebrates Beaumont's people, history and love of contemporary art. Exit the city proper and Interstate 10 is your ticket to a world of exciting and eclectic opportunities, all within a two-hour drive. A trip west will get you to Houston and its many attractions. Drive east and you're in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where Cajun culture and cuisine await. For outdoorsmen who yearn for adventure, a one-hour drive south will lead to world-class deep-sea fishing and boating opportunities at the Gulf of Mexico.
While Beaumont's economy has struggled over the past few years, a recent surge in the natural gas and petrochemical markets promises something akin to a boom for those looking for work in the energy industry in the years ahead.